Is it hard to keep the pounds off doing Atkins? Tim Wallerdeine doesn't think so.
Blessed with three young children and a happy marriage, Tim started Atkins because he wanted to live to see those kids grow up. At 35 years old, Tim weighed 335 pounds-far too much even for a strongly built six-footer. His blood pressure was borderline high; his triglycerides (a risk factor for heart disease) were through the roof.
The day after his wife's birthday-they went for a final carbohydrate blowout-Tim started Atkins. Within two weeks, he lost 21 pounds. After four weeks, 34 pounds. "By July 27, 1999, after nine months on the program, I had shed 122 pounds and weighed 213." Without difficulty, enjoying the food and adhering faithfully to the Atkins Lifetime Maintenance phase, Tim has stayed right around that weight for two and a half years.
Tim's blood pressure normalized. His cholesterol, glucose and triglyceride levels went down-and they've stayed down. The back and neck pain he used to suffer is gone. He exercises regularly today. And, as he emphatically believes, "I'm a better dad and husband. My old phrase used to be, 'No, I'm not up for that.' Now I love to play with my children."
Final comments? How about this: "Just the other night, we went out for ice cream to celebrate Ethan's fifth birthday. No, I didn't indulge, and I didn't feel deprived. I felt alive!"
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